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We would appreciate schools’ help in publicising this event.

Solihull Council’s fostering service is looking for people to provide a stable home for children across the Borough. If you think you could help or would like to find out more, please pop along to an information evening on Tuesday 15 October, 6.30 – 8pm at the Civic Suite, behind the Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3PX.

For more information, please sign up to Solihull Council’s Stay Connected fostering bulletins by following this link or call 0121 788 4253.

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Children who are cared for on a full-time basis by people who are not direct relatives are in a private fostering arrangement.

A private fostering arrangement is essentially one that is made, without the involvement of a local authority, for the care of a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative for 28 days or more.

Private foster carers may be from the extended family, such as a cousin or great aunt. However, a person who is a relative such as a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (whether of the full or half blood or by marriage) or step-parent will not be a private foster carer.

If you know of a child in this situation, the law says you must notify the local authority so they can make sure the person caring for the child can receive information, support and advice and that the child is safe. Please call us if you are caring for, or you know anyone who is caring for someone else’s child on 0121 788 4300 or visit for more information.


Free seasonal flu vaccinations are now available for all council staff, in particular frontline staff who are in regular, direct contact with the public and service users. Having a flu jab is safe and helps protect you from serious illness as well as helping us protect the most vulnerable people that we support.

There is a limit on the number of vouchers available so please only order a voucher if you will definitely use it. Staff eligible to receive a free vaccination from their GP should use that service rather than the staff scheme.

Please use these links below to apply for a vaccination voucher either individually or for a group of up to ten colleagues. To avoid delays please check that all data is entered correctly. You can choose to receive an email or SMS text to take to a Boots pharmacy.

Employees who do not have email or SMS access, or are unable to ask a colleague to print off the voucher for them, should telephone the contact centre on 0121 704 6000.

Vouchers are valid until 31 December 2019.



For more information contact Kim Westman on 0121 704 6922.

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Dear headteacher
We are looking to appoint school-based designated safeguarding leads to our multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) to undertake the role of education safeguarding representative across five days per week. Ideally, up to five people who will undertake the role on different days. There is currently no funding available for the post, however it is an excellent continuing professional development opportunity for practicing designated safeguarding leads in school.

The post will require the following skills and knowledge:

  • Liaison with designated safeguarding leads in schools to gain information to inform joint safeguarding activity around a child or family
  • Facilitation of good practice and partnership working, being the key link between education settings and the MASH
  • Ability to engage in professional dialogue with a range of professionals across a range of agencies in order to inform the multi-agency risk assessment in the MASH
  • Ability to search data bases, collect and analyse information to add to the multi-agency risk assessment in the MASH
  • Maintaining a good understanding of current education safeguarding legislation and statutory procedures
  • Attending strategy meetings on behalf of the relevant education setting (if they are unable to attend) and contribute to the decision-making process with a sound rational.
  • Taking part in improvement activity within the MASH, eg: reviewing cases and practice, and sharing this

Anyone interested in this post should contact the education safeguarding administrator on 0121 704 6616 or

Lorraine Lord
Senior education safeguarding officer

The annual DSL conference days (8.30 am – 4 pm) are to be held at Sans Souci on Monday 30 September 2019, Monday 7 October 2019, and at Grace Academy on Thursday 24 October 2019.

The annual governor safeguarding conference is at Solihull School on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Please confirm which day you wish to attend to

Thank you.

Lorraine Lord, Senior Education Safeguarding Officer